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Conservation Internship with the Adirondack Mountain Club-Albany, NY.

Organization: Adirondack Mountain Club

Position Title: The ADK Conservation intern

Location: Albany

Hours and Compensation: Immediate through December 15

Application Deadline:  $14/hour; 20 hours/week


Internship Description:

The ADK Conservation intern will assist ADK staff in achieving the goals of our Advocacy and Public Affairs Program in Albany, NY. The position provides mentorship to interns who are the next generation of conservation policy and advocacy leaders to protect the NY Forest Preserve and other public resources. The position begins immediately (April 2014) and runs to mid December 2014. The internship is designed for a candidate who is interested in a career in Conservation and Public Policy in New York State.


Description of Duties

The Conservation Intern will assist ADK staff in achieving the goals of our Advocacy and Public Affairs Program. The position is designed to provide mentorship to internship candidates who are the next generation of environmental justice and advocacy leaders to protect the NY Forest Preserve and other public resources. The Intern will assist with  legislative bill monitoring, monitoring the legislative session, regulatory and legislative research, drafting of legislative memos and press releases, attending committee meetings, research and drafting of organization’s position on management issues regarding the NYS Forest Preserve and state parks, discussing state land management and planning issues with DEC foresters, assisting with drafting of monthly reports, magazine articles, and other documents; and meeting with state agency staff including Office of Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP), Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), and the Adirondack Park Agency (APA).



Knowledge of state legislative process; interest in hiking and outdoors, internet research, legislative and regulatory research; strong communication skills, strong writing skills, strong interest in state politics and the environment, and a strong interest in a career as a New York conservation advocate.


Schedule and Compensation

Start Date: Immediate through December 15 (summer schedule flexible if needed)

$14/hour; 20 hours/week


To Apply

Please email 1) resume, 2) cover letter, 3) and contact information for two references to:

Cathy Pedler


Adirondack Mountain Club

Office of Public Affairs

301 Hamilton Street

Albany, NY 12210

Phone: 518-449-3870

Fax: 518-449-3875


Organization Overview

The Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) is dedicated to the protection and responsible recreational use of the New York State Forest Preserve, and other parks, wild lands, and waters vital to our members and chapters. The club, founded in 1922, is a member-directed organization committed to public service and stewardship. ADK employs a balanced approach to outdoor recreation, advocacy, environmental education, and natural resource conservation. ADK’s 30,000 members enjoy hiking, canoeing, kayaking, cross-country skiing, camping, backpacking, biking, mountaineering, snowshoeing, and other “muscle-powered” outdoor activities. Our members are committed to protecting the places they play in, volunteering countless hours to advance ADK’s mission of protecting natural resources and promoting responsible recreation.

Since our founding in 1922 in New York City, ADK has been dedicated to protecting wild lands and waters through environmental advocacy and trail construction and maintenance. It continues as a sponsor of the Adirondack High Peaks Summit Stewardship Program. ADK also offers a variety of educational programs, outdoor skills workshops, and lectures aimed at instilling a love of the natural world in people of all ages. We operate the High Peaks Information Center, the Adirondak Loj, the Johns Brook Lodge, and a Wilderness Campground in the Adirondack High Peaks. ADK’s 27 chapters across New York State offer numerous opportunities to get outdoors in the Adirondacks and closer to home, and ADK’s Adventure Travel Program organizes exciting trips to all parts of the globe. ADK also publishes comprehensive hiking, paddling, and winter sports guides and trail maps, as well as books on Adirondack nature, history, and lore.


ADK Advocacy

ADK’s public affairs and advocacy program grew in response to the need for responsible policy development concerning the care and management of the Forest Preserve, the right of the public to use it for recreation, and the protection of the natural resources. In 1998, ADK opened an office in Albany so it could exert an even greater influence on the legislature through lobbying efforts. ADK is a major stakeholder in policy related to not only the Adirondack and Catskill Forest Preserves, but all the public wild lands and waters throughout New York State.


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